Real Madrid players in isolation, La Liga suspended
All La Liga games have been suspended for the next two matchweeks, at least, as Real Madrid players and staff have been placed in self-isolation for 15 days due to fears over coronavirus
A player on Real’s basketball team has tested positive for coronavirus and therefore the entire soccer team could have come into contact at team venues.
Previously La Liga had decided to keep games going and across the next two matchweeks would be played behind closed doors but this situation with Real Madrid has forced them to put the league in lockdown.
Staff members at Real Madrid’s offices and on their training ground campus have been sent home and although the soccer and basketball teams work in different buildings there is believed to be plenty of crossover between the teams. Everybody at the training ground on Thursday was told to leave due to the positive test.
It is expected that Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg trip to Man City next Tuesday will be postponed.
More coronavirus connections to soccer:
- Serie A is considering alternative ways to conclude its scudetto and relegation races, including playoffs or the non-awarding of a champion.
- Juventus confirm that their defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus.
- Sevilla v. Roma and Inter Milan v. Getafe postponed in the UEFA Europa League due to travel restrictions between Spain and Italy.
- Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis being diagnosed with coronavirus. Olympiacos and Forest have since confirmed all of their staff and players have been tested and their tests have come back as negative.
- Chelsea will visit Bayern Munich at an empty Allianz Arena for a Champions League second leg next week.
- Manchester United’s Europa League game at LASK in Austria will be played behind-closed-doors, and matches in Spain’s La Liga will be played in empty stadiums until early April.
- The San Jose Earthquakes’ next home match, March 21, is 11 days away and the Santa Clara Public Health Department has banned all gatherings over 1000 people.